Former Seattle Mariners outfielder Ruppert Jones, the first player selected by the Mariners in the 1976 MLB Expansion Draft, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Mariners vs. Chicago White Sox game on Friday, April 20. Game time is 7:10pm. Tickets are available. Friday is also Ichiro Bobblehead Night.
Jones was an All-Star for the Mariners in 1977 and the San Diego Padres in 1982. His best season for the Mariners came in 1979 when he set career highs in runs (109), RBI (78), hits (166), triples (9) and stolen bases (33). He played in every game that season.
During an 11-year Major League career, Jones played for the Kansas City Royals, Mariners, New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, Detroit Tigers and California Angels. He also played one season in Japan for the Hanshin Tigers in 1988.
Jones was invited back to Seattle as part of the Mariners 35th Anniversary celebration, a season-long tribute to the franchise’s history in which former Mariners are welcomed back to Seattle for special appearances and promotions at Safeco Field.
Friday’s game is also Ichiro Bobblehead Night. The first 20,000 fans will receive an Ichiro bobblehead courtesy of ROOT SPORTS.
Tickets for Friday’s game, and all other games on the Mariners 2012 home schedule, are available at www.mariners.com/tickets. They can also be purchased with no service charge at Seattle Mariners Team Stores (Bellevue Square, Southcenter Mall, Alderwood Mall, and at 4th and Stewart in downtown Seattle) and the Safeco Field box office. Tickets are also available at Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, or by calling 1-888-SEA-HITS.